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PHMSA oil train official steps down

September 24, 2014 | Energy Global | Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the US oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, according to reports. As administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) since November 2009, Quarterman has been a leading safety official […]

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

September 24, 2014 | WPR | A room filled with train conductors, federal rail officials, local lawmakers and community activists voiced their concerns to Foxx about rail traffic in the region, which has been increasing thanks to oil shipments from North Dakota and elsewhere that run through Wisconsin. Some people talked about safety and response issues, while […]

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

September 23, 2014 | MPR News| At least 18 times in the past three years BNSF Railway freight trains rolled west out of Minneapolis pulling cars filled with hazardous chemicals that were not on the trains’ official cargo list, according to train crew complaints. That’s contrary to federal regulation because in case of an accident, […]

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

            September 23, 2014 | WPR| As more Bakken oil makes its way through Wisconsin from North Dakota to oil refineries, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., met with La Crosse residents on Tuesday to discuss their growing concerns for rail safety in the region. One group of residents, Citizens Acting for […]

More Fiery Oil Train, Pipeline Accidents Unless Government Acts: Report

Septebmer 22, 2014 | NBC News |If the U.S. doesn’t quickly address the safe transportation of oil and gas, Americans could pay the price with more fiery train and pipeline accidents, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. [Read the entire article here.] [Read the report here.]

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Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

September 11, 2014 | Oregon Live | SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. [Read the entire article […]

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Feds move to prevent runaway oil trains

Feds move to prevent runaway oil trains

September 10, 2014 | The Hill |The federal government is moving to prevent freight trains that are carrying crude oil from being left unattended and rolling away. The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on Tuesday that it was proposing new rules that would make it illegal for freight trains that are carrying […]

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Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil

August 12, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal | The proposal, which likely will mean scrapping or redeploying thousands of tank cars, could make it more expensive to ship oil and other fuels as crude-by-rail shipments have soared with U.S. oil production. The plan could also extend the wait times for new cars. [Read the […]

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In Paulsboro train derailment, Sen. Robert Menendez says rail safety legislation necessary

In Paulsboro train derailment, Sen. Robert Menendez says rail safety legislation necessary

August 7, 2014 | nj.com | PAULSBORO, NJ — Sen. Robert Menendez, standing in front of the site of the Nov. 30, 2012 train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro, announced a five-point plan to strengthen rail safety throughout the United States in an attempt to prevent incidents like the 2012 accident from happening again. […]

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Comment period starts for oil-train rules

August 1, 2014 | The Hill | The Obama administration Friday formally published proposals in the Federal Register to strengthen safety rules for trains carrying crude oil and other fuels, kicking off a two-month period in which the public can comment. The proposals were prompted chiefly by the recent increase in oil shipped by rail […]

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